THE ELIXIR OF LOVE

Our 50th anniversary celebration began in Vienna and it ends in the American Wild West, a creative and ingenious setting for Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. Like Die Fledermaus, The Elixir of Love is a celebration of love’s intoxicating power…and the powerful intoxication of a certain snake-oil salesman’s 40-proof love potion.


Nemorino the cowpoke is snake-bit in love. High-falutin’ Adina laughs off his every attempt to rustle up some romance with her, especially after the gaudy Sergeant Belcore rides into town. Desperate, Nemorino enlists in Belcore’s battalion and invests his bonus in a large dose of Doctor Dulcamara’s “Elixir of Love.” Giddy with hope, Nemorino suddenly seems younger, handsomer, and richer to all the village girls. Even Adina starts responding to his homespun charm, so she packs Belcore off to conquer other hearts and pledges her own to Nemorino.


The Elixir of Love will be performed in the intimate Newmark Theatre and will showcase the Portland Opera Resident Artists. When the curtain falls, you'll depart on a glorious midsummer night, looking forward with keen anticipation to the start of our next 50 years.


Sung in Italian with English titles projected above the stage.
 

Cast 
NemorinoMatthew Grills
BelcoreAlexander Elliott
Dr. DulcamaraSteven Condy
  
Stage DirectorNed Canty
ConductorNicholas Fox

 

 


 

KEY CHARACTERS:


Adina, a wealthy and capricious young ranch-owner
Nemorino, a ranch-hand in love with Adina
Belcore, a sergeant in the Army
Dr. Dulcamara, a snake-oil peddler
Giannetta, a ranch girl

 

SETTING: A ranch on the American Wild West in the late 1800's


Act I


Giannetta and the ranch-hands are finishing their morning chores. Nemorino gazes at Adina from a distance, sad about being too poor to offer her anything but his love and too shy to approach her. Adina reads the story of Tristan and Isolde to the ranch-hands, describing how Tristan won Isolde’s affection with a love potion, which she finds laughable.


Sergeant Belcore arrives with his regiment. He flirts with the women and then declares his passion for Adina, asking her to marry him. She is flattered but refuses the offer. The ranch-hands return to work and Nemorino summons up the courage to declare his love for Adina. She laughs him off, saying she is far too capricious to settle down.


Dr. Dulcamara arrives and starts hawking his wares. Nemorino asks if he knows of the magic elixir with which Tristan won Isolde and the Doctor replies that he was in fact its inventor. Nemorino immediately buys a bottle and drinks it at once, not realizing that it is simply cheap wine. Its effects are immediate and Nemorino tries a new tack, feigning indifference towards Adina. She responds by flirting with Belcore and suddenly agrees to marry him. When orders arrive for the sergeant to report to duty at once, he and Adina agree to wed that very evening.


Act II


Adina is annoyed because Nemorino has not attended her pre-wedding party and she delays signing the nuptial contract. Nemorino again asks the doctor for help and he prescribes another bottle of his elixir. However, the would-be Tristan can’t pay for it, so he joins Belcore’s regiment for the enlistment bonus, which allows him to swill the second dose. Meanwhile, the womenfolk have learned that Nemorino’s rich uncle has died, leaving the lad a large inheritance. Nemorino staggers in and is immediately surrounded by the women, which he mistakenly credits to the elixir. Adina becomes jealous and is determined to win him for herself. Nemorino sings of his sadness about leaving his home for the army, but then Adina returns, announcing that she has bought back his enlistment papers so that they can be married. Everyone praises Dulcamara and his magic elixir. Even Adina.

 

Matthew Grills — Nemorino

Tenor

Previously at Portland Opera: Goffredo, Rinaldo; Spoletta, Tosca (2013); Big Night Concert (2012).

 

Matthew Grills — Nemorino

Tenor

Previously at Portland Opera: Goffredo, Rinaldo; Spoletta, Tosca (2013); Big Night Concert (2012). 

 

 

 

Alexander Elliott — Belcore

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Samuel, The Pirates of Penzance; Man with a Shoe Sample Kit, Postcard From Morocco (2014); Big Night Concert (2013).

 

Alexander Elliott — Belcore

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Samuel, The Pirates of Penzance; Man with a Shoe Sample Kit, Postcard From Morocco (2014); Big Night Concert (2013).

 

 

 

Dr. Dulcamara — Steven Condy

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Doctor Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (2010, 2004); Don Magnifico, Cinderella (2007).

 

Dr. Dulcamara — Steven Condy

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Doctor Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (2010, 2004); Don Magnifico, Cinderella (2007). 

 

 

 

Ned Canty

Stage Director

Previously at Portland Opera: La Calisto (2009).

 

Ned Canty

Stage Director

Previously at Portland Opera: La Calisto (2009).  

 

 

 

Nicholas Fox

 

Nicholas Fox

Conductor

Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor
Portland Opera Debut

 

Nicholas Fox

Nicholas Fox

Conductor

Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor


 

 

 

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Schedule

Jul 17, 2015
Friday 7:30 pm
Jul 19, 2015
Sunday 2:00 pm
Jul 23, 2015
Thursday 7:30 pm
Jul 25, 2015
Saturday 7:30 pm
Jul 30, 2015
Thursday 7:30 pm
Aug 1, 2015
Saturday 7:30 pm